Brian R. Gamache Chairman of the Board and CEO
Brian R. Gamache has served as the Chief Executive Officer of WMS Industries, Inc. since 2001 and was named Chairman in July 2008. Mr. Gamache was originally appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS Industries in April of 2000, and was subsequently named President and Chief Executive Officer concurrently with his appointment to the WMS Board of Directors in June 2001.
Mr. Gamache brings a deep understanding of organizational development, financial and brand management, and sales and marketing experience to WMS. His unrelenting focus on sustaining the WMS Culture of Innovation along with fiscal discipline ensures the Company’s unmatched reputation for “Best of Class” game development, and has led to strong operating and financial results. In 2011, the Company achieved annual revenue growth for the ninth consecutive year.
Under his leadership, WMS has emerged as the industry innovator in establishing new standards for gaming entertainment with the introduction of four revolutionary technology platforms: Community Gaming®, Sensory Immersion Gaming, Transmissive Reels® Gaming and Adaptive Gaming®. In July 2012, the company formed Williams Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary and a global supplier of world famous online casino games and services.
Mr. Gamache has created a corporate culture that values individuals for their unique talents, while supporting their personal and professional growth with an emphasis on work-life balance. Appropriately, WMS has been recognized as a best place to work by the Chicago Tribune for three consecutive years (2010-2012), and by the National Association for Business Resources each year since 2009.
Mr. Gamache also served as President of Wyndham International's Luxury and Resort Division where he managed the hotel organization's 31 luxury properties. Before Wyndham, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of WHG Resorts and Casinos, Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries, and held various executive positions with Marriott Hotel Corporation and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
A member of the Board of the American Gaming Association, Mr. Gamache serves as the Chair of its Finance Committee, a director of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) a Trustee of Lake Forest Academy and the Lake Forest Country Day School. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
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Orrin J. Edidin President of WMS Industries, and President & Chief Executive Officer of Williams Interactive LLC
Orrin J. Edidin, 51, has served as President of WMS Industries since July 2008, and in July 2012 was named to the additional role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Interactive.
As head of WMS’ iGaming initiatives, Mr. Edidin leads the Company’s efforts to leverage its product development expertise and industry leading content across all interactive channels. Under Mr. Edidin’s leadership, Williams Interactive is developing and commercializing a comprehensive suite of products, services and website solutions that bridge in-casino, online, social, casual and mobile gaming entertainment into an integrated casino-branded gaming ecosystem.
Prior to becoming President, Mr. Edidin served since 2001 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS.
Mr. Edidin, who has been with WMS since 1997, has driven WMS's expanding global footprint through strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions and alliances. Under his leadership, WMS has continued its international expansion in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America, as well as continued growth in its North American business.
Mr. Edidin's vigilant focus on creating and expanding WMS’ portfolio of intellectual property and expanding and strengthening the Company’s strong tradition for innovation, has led to the broad expansion of WMS’ differentiated product portfolio and global market share gains.
Prior to joining WMS in 1997 as Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Mr. Edidin was Associate General Counsel for Fruit of the Loom, Inc. and Farley Industries. From 1986 to 1992, he was Senior Attorney with the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman. Mr. Edidin also is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and is Vice President of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.
Mr. Edidin earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois in 1983, and received a Juris Doctorate Degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1986.
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Scott D. Schweinfurth Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Scott D. Schweinfurth, 56, was named Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of WMS Industries in April 2000. Mr. Schweinfurth, a Certified Public Accountant, directs the global management of WMS’s finance, accounting, facilities and investor relations functions.
Under Mr. Schweinfurth’s fiscal guidance, WMS through December 2009 has achieved a consistent track record of improved margins, increased capital efficiencies and higher financial returns.With a sizeable cash position and little debt, WMS has a strong balance sheet and a financial position that rates as one of the strongest in the gaming industry.
Prior to joining WMS, Mr. Schweinfurth served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies. At Bally, Mr. Schweinfurth also served as Managing Director of the company's Berlin-based Bally Wulff subsidiary. He began his career as a Staff Accountant at Ernst & Young in Chicago, and was promoted to Partner in 1988. Mr. Schweinfurth received a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from Miami University.
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Larry J. PaceyExecutive Vice President, Global Products and Chief Innovation Officer
Larry Pacey, 46, serves as Executive Vice President, Global Products and Chief Innovation Officer of WMS Industries Inc. Mr. Pacey leads WMS’ global marketing and product strategy, with responsibility for game development, engineering, advanced R&D activities, product management and marketing. Before being promoted to his present position, Mr. Pacey was Senior Vice President for Product Development.
Mr. Pacey's leadership and strategic vision has helped build and reinforce WMS' reputation as a foremost innovator of game content and gaming products. His ground-breaking approach in product development has led to the creation of entirely new categories of game play that are revolutionizing the global gaming industry. Under Mr. Pacey, WMS helped transform slot machine play from a passive experience to one that players find interactive and engaging. During his tenure, Mr. Pacey helped create first-of-a-kind technologies that are shaping the future of the networked casino, including WMS’s Bluebird® and Bluebird2 gaming cabinets, its CPU-NXT®2 operating system and the WAGE-NET® server-based, networked gaming system solution. In addition, his teams created and introduced the first-of-their-kind revolutionary Transmissive Reels®, Community Gaming®, Sensory Immersion, and Adaptive Gaming® platforms that have positioned WMS as a technology innovator and leader.
These efforts have resulted in numerous top innovation, technology and product industry awards and honors for WMS from Casino Enterprise Management magazine and Casino Journal, as well as being recognized as the most innovative company by Citigroup in 2007. Additionally, Mr. Pacey was recognized in 2009 as one of the industry's Top 10 technology leaders by Casino Journal and one of the Top 20 visionaries by Global Gaming Business magazine.
Mr. Pacey's background is steeped in video games and interactive entertainment. Prior to joining WMS in 2001, he was an Executive Producer for n-Space, Segasoft and Atari.
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Ken Lochiatto Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS Industries, and President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS Gaming
Kenneth Lochiatto has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS Industries since July 2008; and in July 2012 was appointed to the additional role of President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS Gaming.
As head of WMS Gaming, Mr. Lochiatto leads the Company’s worldwide efforts to strengthen its competitive positioning in the global gaming business, provide a world-class customer experience and enhance long-term growth and profitability. His responsibilities include driving greater focus on customers and players, improving the alignment and collaboration among product development, player research and product performance, sourcing, supply chain integration, production and commercial sales operations.
Since joining WMS in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Sales Operations, Mr. Lochiatto’s combination of technical expertise and extensive breadth of leadership experience, which had included management positions in engineering, finance, marketing and manufacturing, as well as general management, added a new dimension to the WMS executive team; and his efforts have been instrumental in improving the Company’s processes to be more customer-centric, while also strengthening WMS’ revenues, operating margins and competitive positioning.
Mr. Lochiatto joined WMS after 22 years with the General Electric Company, where he held progressively more responsible positions in general management, sales, marketing and corporate audit, most recently as Business Leader – Advanced Communication Systems within the GE Transportation segment and previously as Americas Commercial Leader – Fluids and Coatings in the GE Silicones sector.
An engineer by training, Mr. Lochiatto holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
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